Category Archives: things I’ve learned

This Smiling, Beaming Face Inspires me Daily

This is my student and friend Nap Dow. She is beyond amazing. I have spent the past six months helping her and another older student, Fon, prepare to get into a GED program so they can get into college in … Continue reading

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Treating the Self Right and Digital Detoxing

Recently I read an amazing article. It calls for ten simple steps one can do to take care of themselves better. My friend Siw sent it to me saying that it sounded like a “female Randy” wrote it. And I … Continue reading

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Things I Would Tell Myself 20 Years Ago

It occurred to me recently that twenty years ago I was 18 and going to college. I was thinking what words of advice did I get and what ones would I have liked to get. Here I want to focus … Continue reading

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Of Handle Bars and Unbending Knees

Sitting in my approximately 86th hour of continuously silent meditation at my 2nd vipassana course last year, I was overcome with an idea that could change my life. Yes, I know the goal is to sit still, in the now, … Continue reading

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Things I’ve Learned in my One Year as an Expat

Last week marked my first year as an Expat. And while I am still working on a far greater, more important post about this, I wanted to list some of the things I have learned in the past year. Writing … Continue reading

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Things One Thinks While Being Cat Scanned

I am not sure how, but as I was resting in the cat scan machine yesterday I had a marvelous thought. I kept thinking about one of the major tenets of Buddhism, “what one thinks, manifests.” And how in no … Continue reading

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Where I Remember the Important Things

Something happened between now and when I left NYC, nearly a year ago. I am not sure of what it was, but I know it was/is destructive. I left NYC not just to see the world and the places I … Continue reading

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The Killing Fields, part 2

When I left the Killing Fields my intent was to visit the Toul Sleng museum, where most of those who were killed were tortured prior to being shipped to their slaughter. The locals call it part of the genocide loop, … Continue reading

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The Killing Fields, part 1

A visit to Cambodia without a visit to The Killing Fields is like going to Paris and not visiting The Louve. I mean I am sure many people do it, but I deeply question their sanity. And I am in … Continue reading

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Why Does India Want Me to Smell and Look like an Asshole?

Something horrible happened last week. It was a very, very terrible, sad day. I did something that I promised myself I would never, ever do. Yes, I bought a pair of Crocs — well an off brand that has no … Continue reading

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